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SMART and NWP Co. news heard first here.
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Had breakfast with a friend this morning and got some new and as yet unpublicized  information on SMART and NWP Co. I'll leave my friend nameless, but, as they say, "You can take this to the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by C. P. Huntington Apr 12.

Is steam excursion service in the NWP's future?
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Read the below link and let the speculation begin!…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Sotelo Oct 19, 2018.

Share your news about the Golden Gate Railroad Museum's move to Schellville.
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I'm not sure if it's really been discussed here much, but a quick review of local railroad related social media sites reveals that the Golden Gate Railroad Museum, late of temporary residence at…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Cleek Aug 25, 2017.

SMART "Chewbacca car" numbering system questions?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Atnip Apr 8, 2015.

 

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C. P. Huntington replied to Bob Cleek's discussion SMART and NWP Co. news heard first here.
"I choose to keep my identity from people who think they know everything. If this "high ranking official" didn't ask you to keep the information confidential then it is well within your right to answer to people who ask for a source.…"
Apr 12
Bob Cleek replied to Bob Cleek's discussion SMART and NWP Co. news heard first here.
"And a post by somebody without a real name is just...? The information came directly from a "very high-ranking official." He didn't ask that I keep it confidential. I just thought I'd leave it to him to decide how and when…"
Apr 12
C. P. Huntington replied to Bob Cleek's discussion SMART and NWP Co. news heard first here.
"Information without a source is just a rumor."
Apr 12
Jennifer replied to Bob Cleek's discussion SMART and NWP Co. news heard first here.
"Thank you for posting this Bob.  Very encouraging information.  A few years back I had pleasure of riding an IndyCar special from Suisun City to Sears Point and I was delighted.   It was something I wanted to do for as long as I…"
Apr 12
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SMART and NWP Co. news heard first here.

Had breakfast with a friend this morning and got some new and as yet unpublicized  information on SMART and NWP Co. I'll leave my friend nameless, but, as they say, "You can take this to the bank."SMART received a million bucks from the State to produce a feasibility study on extending the SMART system to provide commuter passenger service eastward on the existing ROW to link with the national rail system at Suisun City. This would provide a connection with the Capitol Corridor and Amtrak…See More
Apr 12
Bob Cleek replied to Richard C. Brand's discussion SMART awarded AGAIN-$21 M from Calif State to extend to Windsor
"I'd expect the main expense, in addition to the new roadbed, concrete ties, and continuous welded rail, the big money will be installation of the automatic train control system and the "quiet zone" grade crossing signaling systems."
Feb 8
Bob Cleek replied to Richard C. Brand's discussion SMART awarded AGAIN-$21 M from Calif State to extend to Windsor
"As far as I know, Fred, the study of extending SMART east via the existing ROW to the national passenger train system is still in the works.  It's not a crazy idea. It makes perfect sense from a transit planning perspective."
Feb 8
Bob Cleek commented on Charles White's photo
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Ghost Town & Calico RR

"I wonder if the polluted water in Flint, Michigan, has any negative effects on this engine's boiler or steam lines."
Jan 23
Bob Cleek commented on Richard C. Brand's status
"I read somewhere recently, perhaps a Petaluma PD notice, that there will be maintenance work on one (or some?) of the crossings in Petaluma to coordinate city traffic lights with grade crossing signals and this will necessitate flagmen and horns for…"
Jan 23
Bob Cleek commented on Drake's photo
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Prisoner Rail Car's in Tiburon

"Somebody somewhere researched this previously. The initial transport was by train cars as pictured. Alcatraz had no rail dock, of course. Prisoners got off the train cars and walked from the barge to the dock. Al Capone was transferred to Alcatraz…"
Dec 4, 2018
Bob Cleek replied to Dave S.'s discussion Facing Deadlier Fires, California Tries Something New: More Logging
"It would be nice to see the timber industry revived, but there's a lot more to it than meets the eye. It's all about the profit margin. Difficult terrain and "selective harvesting" can really run the extraction costs of the…"
Nov 20, 2018
Bob Cleek replied to Richard C. Brand's discussion NWPRR Freight
"There are a number of very large disposal sites in the Western US that are more than happy to take all the garbage anybody sends them... for a price. There's one in Nevada, I believe, that is served by rail. They are way the hell and gone out…"
Nov 1, 2018
Bob Cleek replied to Richard C. Brand's discussion NWPRR Freight
"Why? Let me count the ways! First off, the ROW out from Petaluma to its former terminus at Two Rock has been permanently built over. Most recently, Petaluma built a street on top of it a few years ago where it intersected with Petaluma Boulevard…"
Nov 1, 2018
Bob Cleek replied to Richard C. Brand's discussion NWPRR Freight
"I'd expect there'd be plenty of places north of Santa Rosa where a transfer station could be built that could serve the entire north coast. Willits would work. The farther north you go, the less NIMBY it gets. How do they expect to handle…"
Oct 30, 2018
Bob Cleek replied to Richard C. Brand's discussion NWPRR Freight
"I believe the Mechum Road dump has been full for some time and is now basically a transfer and recycling facility. (Their recycling yard is full of goodies. It's hard not to pick up something "you might need someday" every time you go…"
Oct 30, 2018
Richard Sotelo replied to Bob Cleek's discussion Is steam excursion service in the NWP's future?
"  This is a great thread guys. All kinds of ideas and possibilities.  As for proclamations made by SMART before passage of SB-1029. I would say this. SMART will have to rethink every position it has made on freight.…"
Oct 19, 2018

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Serious RR collection on Craigslist

I tripped over this new ad on Craigslist.  https://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/atq/6013328045.html  It looks like a very serious RR collection is being liquidated.  Perhaps some of the collectors in here might be interested.

Posted on February 27, 2017 at 6:27pm

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At 4:03pm on January 16, 2014, Robert Hogan said…

Alan Pegler's  ex-LNE Flying Scotsman 4-6-2 and a British passenger train (8 cars I think) steamed down through central California on the Western Pacific and into Oakland on September 27, 1971.  This was the end of a national tour for the train.

The Flying Scotsman and train then operated a three car passenger train along the San Francisco embarcadero on the S.F. Belt Railway during the spring of 1972.  Perhaps this is what is remembered.  Ultimately the entire train was pulled back to Stockton on the WP and placed in storage at the Army Supply base.  Later the "Flying Scotsman" locomotive, a famous and well-loved steamer in the UK, was returned to the UK and remains in steam there to this day.

Hope this helps!

Bob Hogan

At 5:00pm on July 3, 2012, Mark Drury said…

Welcome to the NWPRR Network, Bob! Please take a look around and let me know if you have any questions or comments. We're adding content daily and actively recruiting new members -- please feel free to invite your own friends if you think they may be interested. Regards,

Mark Drury

 
 
 

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